As originally envisioned within the pages of Marvel Comics, Iron Man is a high-tech creation that captures the imagination of all those he encounters, soars high above most superheroes and is impervious to virtually any attack. Now, a new trailer for "Iron Man 2" is reminding fans once again that little has been lost in the comic-to-film translation.
The clip contains several tantalizing new shots from the upcoming Robert Downey Jr.-starring flick, particularly those capitalizing on Tony Stark's public revelation at the end of the film that he is, indeed, the man in the yellow-and-red superhero suit. At one point, he stands ready to dive out of a plane, asking Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) for a "smooch for good luck" (the spitfire secretary sarcastically kisses the helmet). We also see the billionaire playboy at the Stark Expo, emerging from the suit to a roaring crowd and exclaiming, "It's good to be back!"
Following a series of leaked photos and posters that contained clues for next summer's blockbuster, a fan named "Mirko P from Houston" pieced the hints together and unlocked the Web site StarkSecretConfessionRevealed.com at approximately 3:08 p.m. PT Wednesday. For the next 60 minutes, the site displayed a countdown indicating that the launch of a brand-new trailer had been initiated. At 4:08 p.m., the site began forwarding viewers to iTunes Movie Trailers, where the footage could be viewed.
The trailer is also notable for giving fans their best look yet at Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke's villain, a Russian named Ivan Vanko, a.k.a. Whiplash. "You come from a family of thieves and butchers," he says at one point in a thick accent, presumably addressing Stark. "And now, like all guilty men, you're trying to rewrite your own history."
Other notable moments include new, quick shots of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson kicking ass as Black Widow and Iron Man going back-to-back with Don Cheadle as the armed-to-the-teeth War Machine. "Iron Man 2" hits theaters May 7.
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